Map of The Heart
Pink Heart v.6
Waxy jonquils, bulbous daffodils, those sticky-stemmed paperwhites, they always look too cheerful to be true… And you can smell them coming, their scent is hypnotizing, intensely warm and green, and although there’s some other, more peculiar smell lurking beneath, the waves of nostalgia that hit with their brief appearance makes them irresistible.
You grab a bunch or two – it’s easy to own the scary-sweet smell for a day or two, but it’s a notoriously difficult note for perfumers to capture.
Well Sydney niche perfume house Map of the Heart’s latest scent has done it.
Pink Heart radiates the un-real, almost narcotic nature of the flower, using high quantities of natural flower extract along with shiso leaf and basil. It’s a bright green, slightly sticky opening that unfolds with the unnerving edge that jasmine also shares, the chemical come-hither call of blossom yearning for pollination, sexy but also slightly earthy, even dirty. Here, Pink Heart becomes a strange journey, a hallucinogenic morphing towards a note that hits kids of the 80’s with another wave of nostalgia. Echoing the chemical undertone of narcissus is the sweet scent of childhood toys, like a Hasbro factory in a bottle.
Reminiscent of My Little Ponies or doe-eyed Glow Worms stored in shoeboxes, artifacts of innocence, Pink Heart delivers waves of pastel sweetness tempered by tobacco and a sweet/smoky/spicy vibe swirls softly out to nothing and you awaken from a daydream, blown away by a fresh cool breeze as that Indian summer vanishes again.
Pink Heart v.6, $250 from Map of the Heart
Top Notes: Shiso leaf accord, Neroli oil, Basil oil
Heart Notes: Narcissus Absolute (France), Jasmine Absoute, Broom Absolute, Orris Butter
Base Notes: Sumac Accord, Pipe Tobacco Accord, Cistus Absolute, Australian Sandalwood
Buy online at mapoftheheart.com.au or Map of the Heart, 222 Liverpool St Darlinghurst.